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The player Liverpool almost signed last summer instead of Mohamed Salah

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Mohamed Salah has already achieved some extraordinary feats at Liverpool.

Blessed with pace, trickery and an unbelievably ability to find the back of the net, he has been nothing short of a revelation since signing from Roma last July.

The Egyptian's debut season in Liverpool got even better on the weekend, when Salah absolutely tore apart a hapless Watford side, scoring four and assisting one in the process.

His form has been so great that barely seven months after signing for the club, the 25-year-old has already been linked with a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona.

And former Arsenal player Ian Wright believes that there is no surprise he is being linked with a move away, and that if he decides to leave he will be an even bigger loss to Liverpool than Philippe Coutinho.

"Not being disrespectful to Liverpool, but Salah won't have grown up dreaming of playing for Liverpool - if Real Madrid come knocking, he's going to be taking notice of that," Wright said.

"Losing Salah would be a much bigger loss than losing Coutinho."

LIVERPOOL NEARLY MISSED OUT ON HIM IN THE SUMMER

But, amazingly, reports have emerged suggesting that Liverpool nearly missed out on his signature last summer.

According to the Times, Salah was not Jurgen Klopp's primary target. Instead, Klopp preferred a move for German winger Julian Brandt.

If Liverpool had managed to secure a deal for the German, Salah would never have been considered as a transfer target.

But, fortunately for Liverpool fans, Klopp could not get a deal over the line for Brandt, thus making him search elsewhere.

And, spurred on by the club’s sporting director and scouting department, Klopp eventually turned to Salah, which will probably go down as one of his finest decisions as a manager.

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WOULD BRANDT HAVE HAD THE SAME IMPACT?

It's easy to see why Klopp was so intent on making a move for Brandt.

A 21-year-old from Bayer Leverkusen, the German has already made 163 appearances in his professional career, scoring 29 goals.

Despite his age, he also has 13 caps to his name; scoring once.

Although he has not had the same impact for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga as Salah has had for Liverpool, given what he has achieved at such a young age, there is no doubting that he still would have been a good signing for the English club.

Although he ended up with Salah, Klopp is reportedly still keen on making a move for Brandt, and could make a move in the summer transfer window.

But, regardless of whether Klopp eventually manages to secure a deal for Brandt, it can be said in great confidence that missing out on him last summer was the best thing that could have happened.

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